The North Central Section includes the following Texas counties:  Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Freestone, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall.

Your North Central Texas Section of APA board believes in APA’s mission of creating great communities. Most importantly we are here to serve our members and provide opportunities to elevate and unite a diverse planning profession.

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Director Chelsey Smith, AICP Burns & McDonnell
Director-Elect Vivian Fung, AICP Olsson Studio
Secretary Michelle Queen, AICP Olsson Studio
Treasurer Ruoyu Liu CDM Smith
Past Director Staron Faucher, AICP WSP
Communications Chair Katherine Linares, CNU-A Verundity
Professional Development Officer Kim Dresdner, AICP Gensler
Networking Coordinator Dani Raschel Mathews, AICP Evolving Texas
Forcus North Texas Chair Brooks Wilson, AICP
Emerging Planning Leaders Representative Mike Grace, AICP Metro Development Consulting
Student Representative Juan Carlos Pina Espinosa UTA
Student Representative Kalvin Eddleman UNT

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APATX North Central Section is looking for subcommittee volunteers and are immediately looking for people for the following roles :

  • organize and staff networking and professional development activities
  • make connections and engage planning students
  • assist our communications director with developing materials, website updates and social media posts
  • welcome new members to the section

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Planning the Plan: Introduction to the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Framework

Join us for a live virtual lunch and learn on 4/24/2024 from Noon-1:00PM

Course #9287703 – 1 CM Credit/1 Sustainability & Resilience CM Credit

Course Overview
The session introduces the Envision(TM) Sustainable Infrastructure Framework (Envision(TM)), published by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Envision(TM) is a tool that guides project and community scale planning and design work to enhance social, environmental, and economic outcomes and to enhance resilience.

Envision(TM) sets the standard for what constitutes sustainable infrastructure; it incentivizes higher performance goals beyond minimum requirements; it gives recognition to projects that make significant contributions to sustainability and resilience; and it provides a common language for collaboration and clear communication both internally and externally.

Envision(TM) includes 59 core credits in five categories including Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Resilience. The 59 credits provide guidance on how to enhance human wellbeing, address social justice and equity concerns, improve mobility, foster community development, increase collaboration, implement planning objectives, improve project area economic performance, reduce materials use, reduce energy use, reduce water use, improve sitting decisions, conserve habit, enhance ecosystems services, reduce emissions, and improve resilience.

The session will define sustainability and resilience; describe the contents of the Envision framework; explain how the framework can be used in planning and design to enhance triple bottom line outcomes; describe the optional project verification process; highlight Envision(TM)’s use in Texas; present a short video; and outline next steps.

Speaker Information: Michael Bloom
In the 1990s, Michael helped to investigate and restore environmentally impacted sites and manage industrial and municipal wastewater. In the 2000's he helped manage stormwater pollution and restore surface water quality using Clean Water Act programs and green infrastructure. Since about 2010 he's planned and designed resilient public infrastructure facilities, and assisted communities deliver projects with enhanced economic, social, and environmental (triple bottom line) project outcomes.

He's an expert in the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Framework (Envision), which is a roadmap for enhancing triple bottom line outcomes for public infrastructure projects. He obtained his Envision Sustainability Professional credential in 2013. In 2016, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) retained him to verify Envision projects. In 2019 he became an Envision Trainer. In 2022 ISI appointed him to their Envision Review Board.

He is a registered professional engineer in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. He recently became a Certified Planner, by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

He works as a member of the West Houston Association’s Sustainable Infrastructure Committee, chairs the Government Affairs Committee of the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and serves on the ASCE Committee on Sustainability.

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